Why visit Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and is spread out over 14 islands that are part of the Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. Ferries and sightseeing vessels are used to shuttle passengers between the various islands, passing under 50 bridges as they go.
Are you a big ABBA fan? If so, don’t miss a visit to ABBA The Museum. This interactive exhibition about the pop group opened in 2013 in the city.
Things to do in Stockholm
Stockholm is a bustling city with an interesting mix of new and old. Walk down the medieval cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (the historic part of the city that was founded in 1252 and which still boasts interesting architecture); have a picnic in the grounds of a castle; check out Stockholm Cathedral; and then enjoy Stockholm’s trendy nightlife scene at night. Icebar Stockholm, the first permanent ice bar on the globe, is a must.
There is diverse shopping in the city too, with many craft stores sitting alongside high-end boutiques. Visitors should also learn about Stockholm’s Viking history at the Vasa Museum, a venue that has the only intact 17th-century Viking ship left in the world. You should also pay a visit to the National Museum where you can see Nordic paintings and 20th-century Scandinavian design.
Best time to visit Stockholm
The best time to visit Stockholm is in summer, from June to August, although you should note that this is also the most costly time period due to the city’s busyness.
Expect to pay
The currency in Stockholm is the Swedish krona.
Expect to pay approximately AUD$5.65 for a regular cappuccino in Stockholm.
Arriving in Stockholm by plane
Many airlines operate flights (all with stops required along the way) from Australia to Stockholm. Some of these are SAS, Air Serbia, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Air China, Qatar Airways and Qantas.
Visa requirementsAustralians do not need to obtain a visa to visit Stockholm.
Transportation to city centre
Where to stay in Stockholm
During a stay in Stockholm you may like to stay in Norrmalm, at the centre of the city that boasts nightclubs, restaurants, and many designer shops; in the historic heart at Gamla Stan; in up-market Ostermalm, the wealthy residential area; or in alternative Sodermalm, where you’ll be close to stores selling vintage fashion, jewellery and crafts.
It is wise to book a hotel online if you’re after the best rates.
For more information on travelling to Stockholm, visit Smart Traveller, a trusted source of information.
Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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